2015 Ford Mustang GT: Interior Decorating 101 - Maximizing Your Wallpaper
June 16, 2015
If you're following our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT updates, you've noticed that it comes with a few interesting, somewhat quirky and borderline bedazzling features (i.e. color-customizable gauges, Track Apps and (!)Horse Lasers TM). These configurable options band together to form a virtual playground that conspires to keep you more entertained than a top-20 GIFs-of-the-Week post.
And entertained we remain, especially after discovering the wallpaper configurator.
If you have yet to explore this blank canvas, then your home screen will likely look a lot like this:
Why choose boring when you can choose a Mark Takahashi-approved metallic unicorn (above)?
But before you run out to your car with smartphone in hand, configuring your wallpaper correctly is not as simple as pairing your camera phone to the head unit via Bluetooth or plugging it into the USB port. This isn't a job for those short of patience and/or screw-around time.
But those resolved to make it happen have to follow certain guidelines to ensure custom wallpaper success. First, the data storage device you use must be recognized as a storage device and not something else. If you plug in a smartphone or camera directly into the USB port, the system won't properly recognize it as a storage device. Best to stick to a thumb drive/USB stick here.
To access the wallpaper edit menu, you select the "Display" category after pressing the Settings button on the bottom of the touchscreen display.
Once you've sequestered and plugged in a suitable data storage device, you select "Edit Wallpaper" and then "Add," which brings up the message below that details the file guidelines.
You can store up to 32 wallpaper photos at 1.5 MB a piece. That's a different wallpaper for every day of the month!
You have to adhere to the dimensional guidelines for resizing photos, otherwise you receive the following fail alert:
A photo that isn't the correct size and file format will be rejected. Do not follow directions, do not pass "Go!" Selecting the files you want to upload to the Mustang's hard drive is pretty straightforward from here. You know you've successfully saved a file when it appears in the "Wallpaper Editor" screen.
We found the Mustang's screen resolution is better than expected, even with the small image sizes we uploaded.
Image file size above is 173 KB of the allowable 1.5 MB
From here the possibilities are endless and we applaud Ford for offering us this creative outlet. It's a shame, however, they didn't foresee a need to password-protect your settings, lest this end up on your startup screen:
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor @ 9,046 miles